Thin Red Line: Flirting v Harassment

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The New Yorker 
just dropped the dime on NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, reporting that four women have accused him of sexual and physical abuse.  Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, publicly accused the prominent “progressive” of repeatedly hitting them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.

Schneiderman, who led a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and supported “#MeToo!,” said, “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”  In the wake of The New Yorker’s revelations, Schneiderman resigned.

This follows the scandal involving Tom Brokaw, the former anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, and a former NBC correspondent, Linda Vester. In an interview with The Washington Post and Variety, Vester reported:

We were in the Denver bureau, and there was a conference room. I’m standing there, and Tom Brokaw enters through the door and grabs me from behind and proceeds to tickle me up and down my waist. I jumped a foot and I looked at a guy who was the senior editor of Nightly, and his jaw was hanging open.

Nobody acted like anything wrong was happening, but I was humiliated. I didn’t know Brokaw other than to say hello in the hall….

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